Manchester United may have inveigled their way through to the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League when they outwitted Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16, but there won’t be a magic wand big enough to relinquish the challenge that lies in wait.
Manchester City’s chase for a historic quadruple will face a major acid test when they play against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night in the UEFA Champions League.
European football returns to Old Trafford this week where Manchester United will play host to French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16.
Manchester United will line up against the might of Italy when they welcome Juventus to Old Trafford in this fascinating Champions League betting encounter.
There will be some midweek net bursting action when Tottenham Hotspur locks horns with Barcelona in Match Day 2 of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League.
Manchester United’s first outing of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League campaign will see them on the road against Young Boys on Wednesday night. We look at all the betting and give tips.
Liverpool will look to kick off its 2018/19 Champions League campaign when they host Paris Saint Germain at Anfield on Tuesday. We look at all the betting and provide free tips.
Who will be crowned as the mightiest club in the world for 2018? Real Madrid and Liverpool will go to war on Saturday night in the Champions League Final – we look at all the betting and provide tips.
Wednesday, May 2 – 8:45p.m Local time – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
The ground has been set and the battle lines drawn as Liverpool and AS Roma look ready to lock horns in the second semi-final match of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League.
Both teams will be bidding to join Real Madrid, which qualified for the Champions League final — its fourth in five years — after a 4-3 aggregate win over Bayern Munich in the other semi-final.
Jurgen Klopp will lead his charges against the Serie A side at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday night with the hope of seeing through the tie in the second and quite rightly the most decisive leg. The Reds will be confident of securing their place in the May 26 Final to be held in Kiev, as they carry a 5-2 aggregate lead ahead of their trip to the Italian capital.
Although Roma received honorable mentions for surprisingly knocking out Barcelona in the last eight, even being further tagged as the dark horses of the competition, Eusebio Di Francesco’s side were given a bitter dose of reality check with a walloping against Liverpool in the opening leg, a week ago.
Liverpool made a predictably blistering start that saw Mohamed Salah get a sniff at goal with two instinctive finishes before the break. The Premier League top scorer hit the top corner with an effort from the edge of the box in the 35th minute before doubling his account with a dink over the Roma goalkeeper right at the stroke of half time.
The 25-year old then set up a goal apiece for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, before the latter stroke home without nerve to grab his second of the night eight minutes past the hour mark.
Even though Roma’s chances went up in smoke after they failed to contain the blur of speed and control during a horrid spell of 33 minutes, the Italians still found a way back into the match after the hosts let their guard down following the hauling off of Salah and Firmino.
Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti scored the consolation goals during the last ten minutes as Liverpool hanged on to all but end the game as a contest.
It was abject humiliation for Roma whose hopes were foundered with the damaging defeat, but there is however the growing feeling that the Serie A side can still whip up a storm in the return leg, much like they did against Barca in the quarterfinals.
Kevin Strootman and Diego Perotti’s participation remains to be seen after the midfield duo picked up injuries at Anfield, whereas defender Rick Karsdorp and striker Gregoire Defrel are assuredly ruled out.
Adam Lallana has been included in Liverpool’s match day squad but the Reds boss has made it categorical that the midfielder will not play a part in the second leg.
Joe Gomez is ruled out with an ankle injury while Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold made the trip despite initially having minor fitness concerns.
The Liverpool midfield has further sustained more hit, as uncertainty still holds over the availability of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Emre Can with a knee and back injury respectively.
Mo Salah odds and specials
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Winning the PFA Player of the Year is a fine achievement in its own right given the groundbreaking season Mohamed Salah has had, but the Egypt international won’t stop at that.
With 43 goals in all competitions this season and the insatiable desire to reach greater heights, Salah will take his axe to the tie and crush the hearts of his former side.
Liverpool vs. Roma match prediction
Liverpool couldn’t find a way through over the weekend having registered a barren draw with Stoke City while Roma blitzed past Chievo with a 4-1 win.
The game is unlikely to be played at one end like the first leg and the abrasive Roma faithful will be in full voice to not just get behind their team but also give Liverpool a hard time.
Prediction: Both teams to score – -303.03 on William Hill
Liverpool vs. Roma recent results
Liverpool 5-2 Roma (April 24, 2018)
Mohamed Salah 35′, 45′
Sadio Mane 56′
Roberto Firmino 61′, 68′
Edin Dzeko 81′
Diego Perotti 85′ (P)
Liverpool 1-2 Roma (August 2, 2016)
Sheyi Ojo 45’+1
Edin Dzeko 29′
Mo Salah 62′
Liverpool 2-0 Roma (March 19, 2002)
Jari Litmanen 6′
Emile Heskey 64′
Tuesday, May 1 – 8:45p.m Local time – Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
Real Madrid are fired up ahead of hosting Bayern Munich for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night.
The reigning European champions took a massive step in booking their ticket to the final in Kiev, as they carry the advantage from the opening leg with a 2-1 triumph.
Zinedine Zidane ringed 10 changes to the squad that won in Munich, as he oversaw his side warm up for the midweek Champions League fixture with a 2-1 victory over Leganes in the La Liga on Saturday.
Despite being maligned for considerable quotas over the course of the season, Gareth Bale gave the hosts the lead inside the opening 10 minutes with his 15th goal of the campaign. The Wales international scored a scrappy goal from six yards after Karim Benzema’s strike was blocked by defender Joseba Zaldua, before Borja Mayoral doubled the advantage with the simplest of finishes.
The 21-year old striker was initially thought to be offside when he scored a tap in from a yard out, but the cross appeared to have bounced off right back Unai Bustinza for the assist.
Darko Brasanac stole one back for the visitors but Real Madrid remained astute enough to get the job done. The win nonetheless was a pointless affair in the context of their La Liga title defense, as Barcelona were pronounced the newly crowned champions after a Lionel Messi hat-trick inspired the Blaugrana to a 4-2 win away to Deportivo.
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Bayern Munich may have stumbled in the first leg against Real, but the Bundesliga champions bounced back ahead of their trip to the Spanish capital with an emphatic 4-1 win Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena over the weekend.
Real Madrid will be without the services of right-back Dani Carvajal who is out with a hamstring strain, with centre-back Nacho and winger Lucas Vazquez highly poised to compete for the position.
Isco took part in the last training session on Monday, but his inclusion remains to be seen, taking into account he hasn’t fully recovered from a shoulder injury.
Bayern Munich on the other hand have dire injury concerns, beginning with Arjen Robben who has missed the trip to the Bernabeu due to a leg injury sustained by the winger in the first leg.
On top of the Dutchman’s exclusion is the enforced absence of Kingsley Coman who is out with an ankle injury, whereas Manuel Neuer continues to race against time with his recovery ahead of the FIFA World Cup.
The duo of David Alaba and Javi Martinez are however expected to be part of the match day squad having returned to fitness.
Cristiano Ronaldo odds and specials
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|Ronaldo to score anytime/Madrid to win||$2.62 at WilliamHill||Place Bet|
Cristiano Ronaldo’s impressive purple patch of eleven consecutive goals in the Champions League came to a resounding end during the first leg against Bayern. The 33-year old exhibited signs of burnout during the tie, with his closet effort on goal being a header well wide of the target and a long-range effort so bizarre it went out for a throw-in.
Be that as it may, hell hath no fury like a discontented Cristiano Ronaldo. One poor showing doesn’t challenge the fact that the forward holds the current record of 15 goals scored in 11 consecutive Champions League matches this season.
As such, the match against Bayern was more of a speed bump than an instantaneous halt for Ronaldo who looks set to unleash his salvo for a place in the Champions League final.
Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid match prediction
Santiago Bernabeu will without question be a hostile territory for Bayern Munich, but the Bavarians will be confident at the hands of Jupp Heynckes- who propelled them to European glory in 2013.
Although both managers will revert back to their strongest sides having rested players over the weekend, the experienced Real Madrid look sharper and are unlikely to blow away their advantage seeing as they already have a foot in the final.
- Real Madrid to qualify – -454.55 on William Hill
- Both teams to score – -285.71 on William Hill
Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid recent results
Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid (April 25, 2018)
Joshua Kimmich 28′
Marco Asensio 57′
Real Madrid 4-2 Bayern Munich (April 18, 2017)
Cristiano Ronaldo 76′, 104′, 109′
Marco Asensio 112′
Robert Lewandowski 53′ (P)
Sergio Ramos 77′ (OG)
Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid (April 12, 2017)
Arturo Vidal 25′
Cristiano Ronaldo 47′, 77′
Bayern Munich 0-4 Real Madrid (April 29, 2014)
Sergio Ramos 16′, 20′
Cristiano Ronaldo 34′, 89′
Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich (April 23, 2014)
Karim Benzema 29′